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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

United Way Helps Out Goderich Kids

Regional | by Manny Paiva  

The Bruce-Grey branch is donating 500 fully stocked backpacks to children affected by last week's tornado.

The United Way of Bruce Grey is helping kids in Goderich get back to school.

The agency is donating 500 fully stocked backpacks to children and youth affected by last week's F3 tornado.

Executive Director Francesca Dobbyn says they called their partners in Perth Huron and found out parents needed help.

Dobbyn tells Bayshore Broadcasting News they could not put any surplus supplies in storage while the children of Goderich were in need.

Dobbyn adds the support in Bruce Grey was exceptional and they will supply over 19 hundred backpacks to children.

The Grey Bruce community raised over 16 thousand dollars to support the backpack program.

The remaining 34 thousand dollars for the program was raised their the Bruce Power Suppliers Conference and United Way Charity Golf Tournament.

Ryan Erb -- the Executive Director of the United Way of Perth Huron -- is thrilled with the support.

He says this initiative demonstrates the generosity of our Grey Bruce neighbours and will share tangible support to each child and their family.

The United Way will be at St. Mary's School in Goderich on Friday (from 10 AM to 3 PM) on Friday to hand out the backpacks.

Parents will be asked to provide a Drivers Licence with a Goderich address or other ID along with proof of residency to receive the backpacks.

Parents who are unable to attend during those hours and for more information can call the 2-1-1 Information and Referral Service.

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